Monday, October 1, 2012

Movie of the Week – The 400 Blows

This week’s movie is The 400 Blows (1959).

The drama is about Antoine, a young boy who is misunderstood and without true caring parents. He quits school and runs away from home in an attempt to live his own life, turning to petty crime to make money. As one of the best examples of the French New Wave, it is written and directed by Francois Truffaut (I also highly recommend Jules and Jim and Day for Night). Truffaut takes his camera to the streets, so to speak, shooting on location in Paris giving the film a vibrant realistic feel. He worked with composer Jean Constantin and cinematographer Henri Decae on the film, and Jean-Pierre Leaud stars. While The 400 Blows might not seem like something worth seeing for general movie fans, it being black and white, subtitled and somewhat arty. It is one of the films that has greatly influenced many of your (and mine) favorite current filmmakers (like Wes Anderson). It is also a timeless story of a boy trying to find his place in the world, something we can all connect with. This is a must-see for fans of the French New Wave and those looking to have a strong working knowledge of the best films in cinema history. Check out the trailer.

Available on Blu-ray, DVD and Streaming

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